14 Aug. 2023
The 2023 IHF Men's Super Globe will be the fourth consecutive edition hosted by Saudi Arabia, with the competition returning to Dammam, where the 2019 and 2022 editions were held.
11 of the 12 participating teams are now confirmed after the two spots reserved for the hosts were allocated to Al-Khaleej and Al-Noor, the first two sides in the final standings of the Saudi Arabian league.
Al-Khaleej, the reigning Saudi champions, made their debut in the previous edition of the IHF Men's Super Globe and finished on the sixth place, delivering an excellent performance against the reigning champions, Magdeburg, in the preliminary round, with a 29:35 loss, but also registered a prestigious win against SL Benfica (35:32), in the Placement Matches 5-8.
The second Saudi side, Al-Noor, finished on the seventh place in their only appearance so far, in 2021, when they lost against Brazilian side EC Pinheiros (33:34) in the quarter-finals and Qatari side Al-Duhail, securing their only win against the San Francisco CalHeat (30:24).
The two Saudi teams will join powerhouses from all over the globe, as only one spot remains open for the winner of the 2023 Arab Handball Championship of Champions, a competition due to take place in Qatif, Saudi Arabia, between 16 and 27 August.
The reigning champions, SC Magdeburg, the runners-up of the Machineseeker EHF Champions League, Barlinek Industria Kielce, the reigning EHF European League Men champions, Füchse Berlin, and the most decorated team in the history of the competition, FC Barcelona, will be the European teams taking part in the 2023 IHF Men's Super Globe, with the last two sides being awarded wild cards.
Egyptian powerhouse Al-Ahly, the winners of the 2023 African Handball Super Cup, Bahraini side Al-Najma, the winners of the 2023 Asian Club League Championship and the San Francisco CalHeat, which won the 2023 North American and Caribbean Senior Club Championship, are also present at the start of the competition.
The 2023 Oceania & Australian Club Championships winners, University of Queensland, and the 2023 South and Central American Men's Club Handball Championship winners, San Fernando HB, will debut in the IHF Men's Super Globe.